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Scion Accessories & Modifications



  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    I beat a record, got 35mpg. Maybe its getting better with age.
  • Can you send me the wiring diagram for the 2004 scion xb. I am trying to install a car alarm system but i need the diagram. Thanks! (
  • Tundradude

    I think your XB is getting broken in now. I avg. 33-35 mpg on each tank and have achieved a few 36 mpg tankfuls. The Zeta armrest is essential for your commute since you do a good bit of driving. I have read that there are a few changes for the 06 XB. Do you have any info on those? I may have to get another XB for the missus with gas prices exploding.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    They are putting the cd changer for free in all the late 05's.
  • tundradudetundradude Posts: 588
    What did they do than just changing the radio and drop silver?
  • rxboxrxbox Posts: 2

    If you are talking to me specifically, the answer is a distinct NO.
    I can pretty much predict my mpg per tank based on the conditions I drove under.
    Highway with A/C will get me the lowest miles.
    Open back roads without A/C will get me the best.
    I have no idea what a full tank at 70mph would produce - but doubt it would be as low as 25 - sorry
  • rxboxrxbox Posts: 2
    the gas milage is good as long as you dont drive over 55mph after that speed the milage goes way down
  • mnikosmnikos Posts: 31
    Last week I installed my new Zeta armrest (bought on-line). It was indeed easy to install, and looks very sharp. It has a ratchet action that allows you to raise and lower it to the most comfortable position, as well as to ratchet it up vertically to get it out of the way. It also has some storage, which I don't think the Scion factory armrest offers. It's about $50 more than the one from the dealer, but well worth the difference.
    I also had the optional stereo installed; for 06 it has an iPod input (they install a separate jack in the floor next to the parking brake, and just in front of the accessory jack there already). It's pretty awesome; it allows the iPod functions to be controlled from the multi-controller on the radio (knob on the right), so you can leave the iPod in one of the storage pockets, and run the whole thing from the radio control panel. The cable they provide with the radio to go to the iPod isn't very long. I think I'm going to try to drill a hole in the bottom of the armrest and run the cable up through it so the iPod can sit in the armrest storage.
  • Can the LP's "low profile" tires be changed out for regular tires? Need a softer ride, but wonder if they will affect the tire pressure gauge on car.
  • You can change your tires without worry... the tire pressure deal is to detect a difference in preasure between the left and right of the car not total preasure... and even if it did 32 psi is the same in all size tires... it is still 32 psi... lol :P
  • hal9001hal9001 Posts: 28
    I've played CD-RW's in my xA many times.
  • Has anyone had experience with the TRD assembly clutch and/or the quick shifter for the tC? Any info would be helpful.
  • fmacfmac Posts: 2
    Anyone have the TRD $299 muffler on an xB? Website says it improves mpg.
    Does it? What's it sound like (does it raise noise level)?
  • I too would like to know if the trd muffler will improve mpg. And what about the cold air intake - will that improve mileage? Any comparisons out there of cars with and without these options? Unfortunately, a lot of people out there are getting different mileage numbers and it's hard to tell why there is so much inconsistency in experiences with mileage.
  • An engine is an air pump.

    Anything you can do to make it easier to suck air in (Intake)
    or blow air out (exhaust) will make it more efficient.
    Things like low restricion intake and exhaust systems make your engine more efficient, and a byproduct of that, is more power at full throttle and more MPG under normal use.

    The big BUT is, will you keep your foot out of it and still drive it easy?
    Or will you step on it to hear the intake and exhaust sounds? If so, your milage will go down.
  • Is the xb any good in the snow? (I don't expect it to feel like a 4wd, but what does it compare to?)

    How much of a problem is the ground clearance - I am thinking of the Boston pot holes and I worry . . .

    any other advice? Thanks.
  • Have been looking at new 2006 Scion tCs and notice that some at the dealership have Bridgestone Potenzas and other cars have Yokohama tires. Is either better than the other? Should I be able to request what tires I want or does the factory just go ahead and put on whatever they have more of in stock on that day???
  • I upgraded to the Pioneer radio that interfaces with the iPod when I bought my 2006 xB. Everything works great on the interface (you actually control your iPod with the controls on the radio, so the iPod can stay put away) but the cable provided with the radio is only 18" long. It plugs into a port on the floor next to the gear shift, and the other end plugs (obviously) into the bottom of the iPod. Problem is the cable is too short to put the iPod anywhere but in the tray on the floor next to the gear shift. I'd like to be able to run the cable up the back of my Zeta armrest and keep the iPod tucked away in the armrest's storage. Has anybody found either a longer cable, or an extension cable for an iPod (the male end would plug into the bottom of the iPod, and the other end would be a female configuration of that same plug)? I've tried Pioneer, Scion, Circuit City, and about fifty other places with no luck.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 25,733
    radio shack? if they don't have it, it must not exist.

    2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport (mine), 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's) and 2015 Jetta Sport (daughter's)

  • I do most of my research for upgrades on
  • my 06 xB came with a rubber goodie that fits in one of the cup holders, it is dsigned for cell phones and the i-pod
  • I believe they put on whatever they have that day. I have portenzas on mine. I took delivery on 9/04 before yoko's were avail...

    I've heard, via this forum, that the yoko's are better. I'd say check out and do a comparison. If I had the choice, I'd have the salesguy swap w/another car and install yoko's on mine before I would sign on the line...
  • markg4markg4 Posts: 44
    i tried to order 05 mudguards for an 06 xa and was told that the 05 guards wont fit the 06 model and the 06 guards are not out yet. anyone have any idea when they will be available?

  • my 06' that i bought two days ago came with goodyear eagles....
  • I've been thinking about this for a while.. Has anyone replaced their low-profile tires on the tC with regular tires? I'll need to replace within the year. (The portenzas seem to only be good for 20-25k miles).

    I would prefer all-season, smoother ride with longer tread life. But, I'm not sure what size tires would be appropriate...
  • ginocginoc Posts: 3
    Any suggestions on the size of the replacement tires? Looking at 205/60/15 or 225/55/15.....trying to make sure the odometer and speedometer are true and get a softer ride
  • it sounds like that size of tire would be ok. same size rim and same height series, however you should make sure that you have the clearance for the extra width.
  • Here's a link to tire sizes and effect on odo and speedo....;
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